Central Arkansas Trap Shooter Places 4th in Lyon College InvitationalMar 25th, 2015 | By admin | Category: Sports
By: Bob Copeland
In Arkansas, trap shooting has long been a sport for the “older” generation to enjoy. But since the Arkansas Youth Shooting Sports program started about six years ago, it has become the fastest growing sport among young people. Arkansas leads the nation in youth trap shooters and has produced some national and international champions along with some Olympic team members. Arkansas youth of all ages bring home trophies from the AIM and ATA Grand National Championships held in Sparta, IL each year.
Seeing this fast growing interest in the shooting sports, Several Universities and Colleges have begun adding shooting sports to their curriculum. The University of Arkansas, Arkansas State University and Lyon College are just a few of these. Just as in any sport, they have coaches that go to different tournaments and scout out the talent of these young shooters and put them on a watch list. This is where the chance to be offered a college scholarship begins.
Another way is to hold an Invitational Trap Tournament such as Lyon College in Batesville did on Saturday March 21st. Youth shooters ranging from the sixth grade through their senior year participated in either the junior or the senior division at the Independence County Shooting Sports Complex.
Hope McAlee of the Central Arkansas Trap Shooters participated in the senior division. The shoot consisted of 50 clay birds. After the scores were tallied, Hope and two other shooters were in a three way tie for third place. All three shooters posted a score of 48 out of 50. Third, fourth and fifth place would be determined by a sudden death shoot off. Hope came in second in the shoot off to clinch fourth place in the tournament. She received an AA silver necklace and a Shamrock Leather shell pouched with the Lyon College Trap Team logo on it.
As I have watched Hope over the years, she has not only posted consistently high scores, but has become a leader on the team and in her community. The C.A.T.S. are blessed to have her.